Polynesian Cultural Center in Oahu, HI

55-370 Kamehameha HighwayLaie, Oahu, HI 96762
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Overview

Spanning over 42 acres, the Polynesian Cultural Center is home to living museum and theme park centered around Polynesian culture. The center features eight simulated tropical villages, IMAX® shows, canoe rides and parades, special events, daytime exhibits and the Hā–Breath of Life evening show. Guests can also experience the renowned Ali’i Luau, considered one of the best and most authentic luaus on Oahu.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Laie, Oahu Travel Experts
  • Located 75 minutes from Honolulu.
  • Complimentary Waikiki hotel shuttle service is available.
  • Various dinner, luau, and show packages available for purchase.
  • Bring a camera, comfortable shoes, and appropriate attire.
  • Mingle with natives from Pacific cultures in genuine village replicas.
  • Bring cash and shop at the Hukilau Marketplace and specialty shops for a perfect souvenir.

Description

from Polynesian Cultural Center
Choose from a variety of packages and get set to see why the Polynesian Cultural Center is Hawaii's #1 Paid Attraction. Explore and experience eight island villages and exhibits representing the Islands of Aotearoa New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, Samoa, Marquesas, Rapa Nui, Tonga, and Tahiti.

Learn firsthand from the native peoples of each island with interactive demonstrations that teach you the games, fun, and friendship of Polynesia. Get a temporary tattoo, catch a fish or learn to dance one of the exciting hip shaking dances of Tahiti. See an active Polynesian voyaging canoe up close and learn how to make fire. Plus, enjoy the exciting Rainbows of Paradise canoe pageant showcasing the songs and dances of each island culture on the Center’s winding lagoon.

Give your feet a rest and take a relaxing tram tour through Laie town to see the surrounding community, then cap off your adventure in Hawaii’s only IMAX™ theater to learn about the importance of coral reefs with a Coral Reef Adventure.

Discover for yourself why the Polynesian Cultural Center's Alii Luau has justifiably inherited the deeper meanings of Hawaiian hospitality and joy inherent in this ancient feast, and add this unforgettable experience to your Hawaiian vacation.

Please note that due to the Polynesian Cultural Center being a family attraction which is closely associated to and predominantly an employer of college students, alcohol is not served or allowed to be consumed anywhere on the premises.

Ambassador Dinner-Show Admission after 5:00 pm
Ali'i Luau Dinner-Show Admission after 5:00 pm
Show Only Admission after 7:00 pm; seating available only in the upper level of the Pacific Theater.

General Admission to the villages from 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

There is no charge for children under age 5 unless they plan to occupy a reserved seat at the evening show.

Optional Pick-up Points in Waikiki
1st Pick up*, 2nd Pick up*
1. Ala Moana Hotel (wait on Mahukona Street) 10:00 am, 12:00 pm
2. Ilikai Renaissance (on Hobron Lane) 10:00 am, 12:00 pm
3. Hilton Hawaiian Village (Tapa Tower Bus Depot) 10:05 am, 12:05 pm
4. Waikiki Gateway (Olohana Street side) 10:10 am, 12:10 pm
5. Sheraton Waikiki (bus terminal) 10:15 am, 12:15 pm
6. Waikiki Trade Center (Seaside Avenue curbside) 10:20 am, 12:20 pm
7. Hyatt Regency Hotel (back entrance facing Koa Avenue) 10:25 am, 12:25 pm
8. Waikiki Beach Marriott (bus area near corner of Paoakalani St.) 10:30 am, 12:30 pm

Oahu Customer Reviews

3 Reviews
Michael Ricker
Omaha, NE
6 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Excellent - Glad we Went"
January 2019
Great way to understand the Polynesian culture. Dinner and luau were excellent. Ha Breath of Life performance was tremendous.

Spend the extra money to get the guided Ambassador tour.
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Claudia Cobos
CO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Excellent !!!!"
August 2018
It was a wonderfull day with my family, many activities, shows of island's culture, the dinnig was delicious and the show was wonderfull
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Tip: Great place, you must go !

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aureliano diaz
san diego, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Two thumbs up"
April 2015
A one of a kind ofexperience
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cmarietti
Minneapolis, Minnesota
"Fun and Educational "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 21, 2019 NEW
If you love learning about history and cultural I highly recommend a visit here! There is so much to do here that you could easily spend a couple days just visiting each of the 6 villages. Ha The Breath of Life Show was a must see! Such talent! Noteworthy Accessibilities! Pretty much everything is accessible by wheelchair. Transfer is required for the canoes. ASL Interpreters are available upon request. Assistive listening headsets and reflective captioning devices are available for the 14 minute Hawaiian Journey film. Service animals are welcome!
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Cubsfan_1974
Aurora, IL
"Problematic tourist attraction"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed May 20, 2019 NEW
We had read good things about the Polynesian Cultural Center, and thought it would be an authentic look at Polynesian culture and history. However, thankfully before spending a lot of money on admission and the luau, we found out this place was owned by the Church of LDS. Operating tax-free, we would have been giving money to support an organization that holds a lot of views that we strongly disagree with. Additionally, the people who work at this center are students at the Brigham Young branch in Hawaii, and they work in exchange for tuition reduction at BYU. Although I strongly support higher education, I cannot support education at a religious institution with these beliefs or using student workers in this way. Further, reviews of the site by people familiar with Polynesian history and the Mormon Church suggest problematic portrayals of the island villages that distorted and presented a much happier history than is accurate. I'm not sure most people know this about the center, and I think it's important to give this information to people who may choose to visit (or not).
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OCAmazon
"Great experience if you are in Hawaii for an extended stay!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 20, 2019 NEW
If you have the time to kill this is a must do as you will be there ALL day! My husband and I were only in Hawaii for four days and I wish that I would have just booked an evening luau so that we could have still spent the day by the pool relaxing. We purchased the Ambassador tour and it was great, but we felt like we were on a school field trip back when we were in Elementary School and for only having a few days on the island to relax we would have preferred just coming for the Luau and Breath of Life show. Not to take anything away from the full experience because it was great...just know that you will be there ALL day.
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natashab117
Brooklyn, New York
"Polynesian Cultural Center - Ambassador experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 19, 2019 NEW
If you want to have a taste of the islands without all the accompanying flights then this is a good option for you! The Polynesian Culture Centre is a non-profit organisation set up to allow visitors to experience Polynesian Culture from 6 islands: Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti, Fiji and New Zealand. Each village has a show and activities that you can partake in. The centre is staffed by students from these islands who attend the nearby Brigham Young University - their education is paid for by the centre. So you have the benefit of learning from your trip and helping someone else’s future! I took the Ambassador tour with hotel pick up and drop off. This tour also includes a guided tour around the centre, the luau and the final show. Whilst I enjoyed the tour very much - we only covered 3 villages on it due to ensuring that we had time for the luau and the final show. You do have a long wait for the opening canoe based show (pick a shaded seat!) I wish that I had been able to wander around some villages in that 40-45 minutes. The nice thing about this ticket is that you can then access the park for the next 72 hours (please be aware that this will not cover a luau again!). Due to timing, I was unable to take advantage of this but I wanted people to be aware of this for longer trips! The luau was very fun and has a delicious buffet to experience. Make sure to save some room for the Imu pig (this is roasted in a special fire pit) as it is only brought out at the end of the meal. I make an effort to try new dishes but don’t waste your time on poi (mashed taro). The final show was breathtaking and really explained the legends of each island. The fire dancers are definitely a huge draw for this performance! Mahalo!
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tcampbell210
Allendale, New Jersey
"So much more than a luau!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 19, 2019 NEW
The Polynesian Cultural Center is a theme park preserving the cultures of  Polynesia on Oahu, with 6 villages representing different nations in Polynesia. Rather than spending about the same amount on a Waikiki luau, you can spend a full day here in an immersive authentic experience. Our reservations included transportation from our Waikiki hotel, access to each of the villages, an afternoon floating pageant in the central lagoon, a luau with entertainment and an evening theatrical performance. It was a full day, but lots of fun! We took a canoe ride to Tahiti, watched a man make poi out of taro root in Hawai'i, attended a Maori warrior dance performance in Aotearoa (New Zealand), and laughed at a Tongan drum performance involving volunteers from the audience.In Fiji, we kept the rhythm by pounding bamboo sticks in time to the music. In Samoa, we were treated to a fire dancing performance, a coconut husking demonstration and then two young men scaled palm trees in their bare feet to retrieve some more coconuts! At the luau, the roasted pig was unearthed from its fire pit with much fanfare and then there were more performances while we ate. (And yes, we did try the poi, and while we didn't care for that, the dinner rolls made with taro were quite delicious.) One thing to be aware of is that you will not find alcoholic beverages at this luau since the center is owned by the Church of Latter Day Saints. The food was plentiful and delicious
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Frequently Asked Questions about Polynesian Cultural Center

Where is the Polynesian Cultural Center located?
They are located in the small town of Laie, located on the northeast end of Oahu. Allow yourself approximately a 75-minute drive from Honolulu.

How much is parking?
Parking is FREE.

Can I bring my camera?
Guests are welcome to take as many personal pictures or video recordings at the Center as they wish, but no flash photography or video is allowed during the evening show, Ha: Breath of Life, as the light is blinding to the performers on stage and other guests in the darkened theater.

Do you offer wheelchair, stroller or locker rentals?
The Polynesian Cultural Center provides guests a limited number of wheelchairs and strollers available with advanced reservations by calling them directly. There is a $20 deposit fee, $15 of which will be refunded when the wheelchair or stroller is returned. A limited number of day lockers are available near the front entrance on a first-come basis for a small rental fee.

Is the Polynesian Cultural Center wheelchair accessible?
All major areas of the Polynesian Cultural Center - including the Laie Temple Visitors Center tours are accessible to those in wheelchairs. Guests using wheelchairs at our lu'au or Ha: Breath of Life evening show will either be invited to transfer to a seat if they choose to do so, or will be invited to sit in any of our wheelchair section.

When are the times for each activity?
The Polynesian Cultural Center is open Monday through Saturday Noon to 5:00 pm. Ali’l Luau seating begins between 4:45 pm – 5:00 pm and concludes at 6:30pm. Ha! seating begins at 7:00 pm and concludes at 9:15 pm. 

If my child is under 5 years, are they free?
Yes, children 0-4 are free admission into the Cultural Center. They are considered a lap child for the show venues.